Two new faces spotted at walkabout in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC as SPP-DPP team takes shape

From left: Mr Robin Low, SPP volunteer, Mr Eman Lim, SPP member, Mr Ravi Philemon, SPP member, DPP chairman Mohamad Hamim Aliyas and DPP secretary-general Benjamin Pwee, below Blk 86, Toa Payoh Lorong 2 on Aug 20, 2015.
From left: Mr Robin Low, SPP volunteer, Mr Eman Lim, SPP member, Mr Ravi Philemon, SPP member, DPP chairman Mohamad Hamim Aliyas and DPP secretary-general Benjamin Pwee, below Blk 86, Toa Payoh Lorong 2 on Aug 20, 2015. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - Former sales and marketing manager Law Kim Hwee, 55, and training company owner Abdillah Zamzuri, 31, could be among the new faces in the joint Singapore People's Party(SPP) - Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) team in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC at the coming elections.

The two SPP members were spotted knocking on doors at a walkabout in Toa Payoh Central on Thursday night.

Both declined to speak to The Straits Times and the spokesman for the joint team in the five-member GRC, SPP's Ravi Philemon, would only say that the party will announce its candidates on Nomination Day.

"On paper, we more or less know who is going to contest," he said.

According to information on their LinkedIn pages, Mr Law has some three decades of experience in sales and marketing while Mr Abdillah is the director of a company that does arts training.

 

Mr Abdillah's profile also states that he was a volunteer with Malay self-help group Mendaki and a grassroots leader in Cairnhill Community Club.

If Mr Law and Mr Abdillah are indeed candidates in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, a clearer picture is now forming of the probable line-up.

Mr Benjamin Pwee, 47, the chief of the DPP who contested in the constituency in 2011, is seen as a clear choice to lead the team. The two remaining slots will then likely be filled from among DPP chairman Hamim Aliyas, 50, who also contested the ward in 2011; businessman Chia Ser Lin, 46; and tech start-up vice-president Nadine Yap, 46.

Mr Chia and Ms Yap are both new faces introduced by the DPP.

On Tuesday, Mr Philemon and Mr Pwee both said that the two parties had reached an agreement on contesting the ward jointly. There had been speculation in recent days that the two sides were still tussling over who would get the lion's share of the candidates in the slate but Mr Philemon told The Straits Times that all outstanding issues had been resolved.

A Memorandum of Agreement is expected to be signed soon.

"As far as I know, everything has been resolved, everything has been ironed out, we are ready to go," he said.

He added, while putting his arm around Mr Pwee: "We are one, we are together. There are no two parties. We are going in as if we are one party."

The partnership means Mr Pwee has come full circle since the 2011 polls when he was part of veteran opposition leader Chiam See Tong's SPP team in Bishan-Toa Payoh. Mr Pwee left the SPP in 2012 citing differences of opinion.

He said on Thursday that he and SPP chairman Lina Chiam have since buried the hatchet.

"We really want to make this work. We would not want to let a quick, hot under the collar reaction lead to the degeneration of a good team... Both sides are committed to make this a lot stronger," he said.